Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
The artwork is still great, and the colors by Eduardo Olea are the strong suit of the book. However, the story starts getting more and more metaphysical, and I hardly ever enjoy that kind of tale. When you have characters getting into other characters' minds, and the whole world is about to be destroyed by some strange galactic cataclysm, that's when I start losing interest. I was sad to see how what I thought was going to be a fun story after reading issue 1 became something I didn't care much for. And things would only get worse in the third and last issue of the series. Oh, well...
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My girlfriend and I watched The Ring Two, and we both were pretty underwhelmed. She had seen it before, but all she remembered was the scene with the (obviously CGI'd) deer, and I wasn't even sure whether or not I had seen it. As it turned out, I hadn't, but I hadn't been missing much. I didn't care too much for the characters, and the ultra creepy kid (who, incidentally, my girlfriend thought was cute) didn't move me in the slightest. The dead girl wants to take over his body? Fine by me.
Still, the movie managed to be somewhat entertaining, but there were a handful of loose ends that bothered me. (Who found the doctor? Who was blamed for that? Did they go look for the kid who had simply walked out of the hospital? What about Max?) Therefore, I must say I wouldn't really recommend this movie unless you don't mind chatting with your girlfriend while watching it, as the less attention you pay to the film the better time you'll have watching it. A contradiction, you say? Perhaps, perhaps...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
From what little I know about the series, it seems like issue 53 is a good representative of the adventures of bounty hunter Jonah Hex. This done-in-one written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray was quite an enjoyable read, and the art by Bill Tucci was very nice, especially when complemented with the colors by Paul Mounts. I could definitely enjoy the story without having read the previous 52 issues, and I don't feel I need to get the book next month to find out what happens next. All in all, ish 53 was a good purchase, and I wouldn't mind reading more about the character!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
At any rate, issue 133 is the conclusion to the two-part The Bridge story, and it doesn't end like I thought it would. As usual, Marz had a neat twist ready, and I don't know about you guys, but I did not see it coming at all.
Needless to say, Stjepan Sejic does a wonderful job illustrating the book, and I really liked his depiction of the troll under the bridge. As with Marz, I hope Sejic never leaves Witchblade, and even though I know never is a long time, a man can dream, can't he?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I think there are two interconnected reasons for this. (1) The works King discusses were created in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, which means (2) I haven't seen or read most of them, and I find it hard to care about his in-depth analysis when I don't know the characters, the plot, or even the authors he is talking about. Still, I can see all the thought and passion he's put into this, and it certainly is a sprawling enterprise packed with information and amusing sidelines which are worth reading --if you are familiar with the books and movies and stories he comments on. And still, for the most part, I had a good time reading the book, but I wish I had been more knowledgeable in the field to better enjoy the book. I guess I could always go watch all those films and read all those stories and then come back and re-read the book, but I doubt that will ever happen. However, if you consider yourself an old sci-fi and horror connoisseur, by all means pick up this book: you will absolutely love it.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
This book is expensive, but it is worth every single penny and twice that, so if you are interested in enjoying a comprehensive look at de Sève's career, go buy this book now. There is no way you will regret it.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
The artwork wasn't my cup of tea either, with what struck me as poorly rendered characters and backgrounds. It had a certain cartoony look that I thought I was going to find appealing, but that was also a mistake. I'm glad Ms. Cooper is making some money with her drawings, but she certainly won't be getting any more from me.
All in all, Platinum Grit was boring, baffling, and not enjoyable at all, but maybe I am missing the point, because all the Amazon customer reviews say it is great. If you ask me though, I'd say don't ever read it. Not even for free, which you can actually do, as this was originally published as a webcomic. It's time of your life you will never get back.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Watching it at home was as much fun as I expected it to be. The visuals are simply stunning, especially for a stop-motion animation movie. To think that all this was done by hand blows my mind, and one of the documentaries about making the puppets and working with them is simply fascinating. Their tiny little faces, the tricks they used to make them walk, how they managed to create the illusion of wind… I could go on and on, and I wouldn't do justice to these people's genius, so I'll stop now. However, I'm sure you've all seen the movie by now, so please leave a comment and let us know what you thought about it!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
The visuals were, hands down, the best thing in the movie. The costumes and backgrounds and make-up were great, wildly imaginative, whimsical, and masterfully conceived. At the same time, they were incredibly true to the illustrations in the book, which blew me away. The Jabberwocky looked just like the picture from the book, and the drawing of Alice facing him with the sword is taken directly from the book. The dodo (cane included!) makes an appearance, Twidledee and Twidledum carry their wooden swords, the hybrids of rocking horse and pegasus show up, the Gryphon is there, the butler toads… Basically, the characters either look almost exactly like they do in the book, or their design has been improved. Wonderland is a feast of shapes and colors, of creatures and crazy architecture, and that was a lot of fun to look at.
The acting was also great, and everyone in the movie did a very good job portraying their characters. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter reminded me of Jack Sparrow a couple of times, though, but that is forgivable (as opposed to his little dance, which isn't). Helena Bonham Carter ruled as the Red Queen and looked freakish in a good way, but Anne Hathaway (who looked freakish in a bad way) didn't move me nearly as much. Mia Wasikowska did an excellent job as Alice, and Stephen Fry's Cheshire Cat was extraordinary.
Here comes the but, though. The movie was pretty to look at, granted, and everyone involved convinced me this world was real and the characters were real. Unfortunately, the story was horribly lacking, and that ruined the movie for me. It is not that the story was missing something; there simply was no story to speak of. As soon as Alice lands in Wonderland (and I'm not spoiling anything by saying this), we learn she is supposed to slay the Jabberwocky with the vorpal blade. However, what follows that revelation is basically an hour and a half of touring Wonderland until the elements to fulfill the prophecy come together and she can take a crack at it. That's it. All the character development takes place right at the end of the movie, all the growing Alice does and the realizations she comes to happen right at the end of the film instead of through her time and adventures in Wonderland. During her travels, Alice is simply thrown from one place to the next so that the audience can see this bizarre land and meet its even more bizarre dwellers. It's an hour an a half of pretty scenery and nothing else, a pretty package with no present inside. And that, in my opinion, is a bad idea and a worse film. If this is supposed to be a journey of self-discovery, said discovery of the self should happen throughout the story, not in a mere five seconds right at the end. If felt more like an afterthought, as if the creators of the film, busy as they were giving us a tour of the place, had forgotten all about it, and then realized their oversight and tried to put something together in a hurry.
I hope you have noticed I am not discussing how faithful Linda Woolverton's screenplay is to the books, because that is not relevant. The movie is true enough to the spirit of the books to render that point moot, but there is no story in this movie, no progression, no evolution, and that's what I take exception to. If this is the Alice Tim Burton is satisfied with, well, that makes one of us. What a missed opportunity to craft a memorable tale.
Monday, March 08, 2010
I think the scariest thing about the movie is that it could be real. This could be based on actual events, and I am sure something like this has happened more than once. Add to this the great acting by a bunch of unknown faces (Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly are the best-known actors in the film), and Eden Lake is terrifying because it's so close to real. This could happen to you and your girlfriend, and your wonderful weekend at the lake could turn into a horrible nightmare just like it happens to the protagonist couple. So, if you're in the mood for a horror flick, go rent Eden Lake, and let me know what you think!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Something my girlfriend pointed out and that I agree with is the way the audience gets to like the characters. Usually, what you get is a set of characters you are introduced to and that you already like before the bad stuff starts to happen. In The Crazies, you're really not sure whether or not you like them when things start going awry, and it's through their actions then that you find yourself liking or disliking the characters.
Also, for a horror movie, The Crazies wasn't all that bloody or gory, which I thought was especially interesting after I found out George A. Romero was the executive producer. And maybe that's why the film was so much fun, since having an old pro like Romero exec producing this remake sure can't hurt your movie.
To sum it up, The Crazies was packed with tension, thrills, and suspense, and I doubt anyone looking for those traits in a movie would be disappointed at all. Highly recommendable!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
"Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country.
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. Instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 PM. Traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 PM, at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was
actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
23. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up."
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
sponsoring this event for two or three years now, and this time one of the girls suggested I drew the flyer. Needless to say, I immediately agreed to do it, and this is the picture I came up with. I left a lot of space on the left for the text, which I later added using Photoshop. I think the picture turned out really cute, and I had a great time drawing it. Several girls have also told me they liked it a lot, which made me very happy, and so I hope you like it too!
Monday, March 01, 2010
This first season is only six episodes, and since each episode lasts for about 25 minutes, we went through the show pretty quickly. There was plenty of camp, plenty of bad acting, and plenty of 80's hair, yet I found each episode supremely entertaining. The best two were probably And All Through the House, directed by Robert Zemeckis, and Dig That Cat… He's Real Gone, directed by Richard Donner, but I had a blast watching them all.
Fortunately, season two boasts 18 episodes, so it will keep me entertained for considerably longer. But before I get to those, I hope I can get through the first season of Chuck. And yet the Crypt Keeper keeps calling my name. How can I say no to him?